Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

Other names: Kooiker

Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is an enthusiastic, friendly, reliable and obedient dog. Boasting a red coloured, fluffy feathered coat, they’re well-known for their striking looks.

Originating from Holland, this breed was originally a working dog, commonly used to lure ducks into cages. However, thanks to its lovely, warm and playful nature, this dog has now become increasingly popular as a family and companion dog.

While the Kooiker (as they’re also known) certainly needs plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, they’re more than happy to chill out on the sofa and have a good cuddle afterwards.

Key facts about the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

Life expectancy :

7

19

12

14

Temperament :

Affectionate Playful Hunter

Size :

Origins and history

This rare Dutch breed has been spotted in old family portraits which date back as far back as the 1500s. However, the breed was intensely developed in 1600s Holland, when it was popular as a working dog who lured ducks into cages.

However, the breed declined following the end of WWI, when more advanced guns meant shooting ducks was easier, and by 1939 only 25 Kooiker’s were known to exist. Thankfully, after a Dutch baroness took an interest in the breed, the breed gained some popularity and breeding momentum. They were eventually recognised as a breed in 1971.

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 8 - Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs

Section

Section 2 : Flushing Dogs

Physical characteristics of the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

    Adult size

    Female : Between 14 and 16 in

    Male : Between 15 and 17 in

    Weight

    Female : Between 22 and 33 lb

    Male : Between 22 and 33 lb

    Coat colour

    White

    Type of coat

    Long

    Eye colour

    Brown

    Description

    There’s simply no denying that the Kooikerhondje is a gorgeous-looking dog. The reddish, soft and fluffy coat stands out a mile away. In fact, the feathered tail is exactly what lures ducks into cages.

    In terms of the body, the Kooiker is small- to medium-sized, athletic dog with a fairly muscular appearance for its size. The neck is long while the head is perfectly proportioned, with a defined stop, large, almond eyes and floppy, feathered ears. In terms of appearance, the Kooiker is fairly comparable to Spaniel breeds.

    Good to know

    The Kooiker is famed for its feathered tail, which attracts ducks as it moves back and forth.

    Temperament

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      Affectionate

      The Kooikerhondje is at its happiest when with its family, and makes a loyal, devoted companion. This breed is known to stick closely to its owner, constantly wanting to please and cuddle up close.

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      Playful

      With plenty of energy and a warm, friendly personality, it comes as no surprise that the Kooiker makes the perfect playmate. This is a breed who loves to get involved - whether it’s a simple game of catch, a family game, or agility sports, they’re in!

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      Calm

      As long as this breed is well-exercised, it’s calm and relaxed in the home.

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      Intelligent

      The Kooiker is often compared to a Border Collie in terms of intelligence. This dog will pick up new tricks and commands with ease, requiring plenty of mental stimulation and challenges to keep them occupied.

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      Hunter

      Despite its naturally friendly and approachable nature, the Kooiker does have a pretty high prey drive. While socialisation can help, do be aware that they may be tempted to chase small animals and wildlife.

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      Fearful / wary of strangers

      The Kooiker can be reserved in front of people they don’t know, but as soon as introductions are made, they will be friendly and affectionate.

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      Independent

      The Kooiker is super affectionate, and also rather dependent on their owner.

      Behaviour of the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

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        Tolerates solitude

        Generally, the Kooiker doesn’t cope with time alone. This breed loves people, and they spend too long without them they will be unhappy and may be destructive.

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        Easy to train / obedience

        This breed is incredibly easy to train. They’ll shock you with how quickly they pick things up! At times, their stubborn streak may show - but it’s nothing that plenty of positive reinforcement can’t sort out (this breed loves to please!).

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        Barking

        The Kooiker’s bark is rarely a problem, but they will make a noise if bored or alarmed by an intruder.

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        Tendency to run away

        Due to their high prey drive, the Kooikerhondje may be tempted to run off and chase animals. However, because they’re so obedient once trained, a strong recall should be all you need to avoid problems.

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